Monthly Archives: October 2016


Women in the Commercial Spaceflight sector

By |October 29th, 2016|

In the 21st century, women have risen to the top echelons of the aerospace industry. The commercial space sector has some of the most prominent women as presidents or CEOs in the United States. The space shuttle era shattered the glass ceiling to women astronauts and dozens of women flew on or commanded the shuttle […]

Blue Origin to begin human test flights in 2017

By |October 22nd, 2016|

On October 5, 2016, Blue Origin launched its New Shepard propulsion module (as the company prefers to call its rocket) and capsule for a test of the capsule’s abort system during ascent. The capsule is designed with a solid rocket motor to detect any anomalies in the booster and immediately initiate an abort to remove […]

Boeing delays start of Starliner capsule flights

By |October 15th, 2016|

Just over a year ago (September 19, 2015) I wrote a blog post titled, “Boeing Enters Personal Spaceflight Business with Starliner Capsule.” Knowing the nature of spacecraft development often results in delays before it is truly ready for human spaceflight, I did not give a date when the Boeing Starliner would begin crewed flights for […]

Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049

By |October 9th, 2016|

In the last week of June in 1982, I sat in a new Orlando movie theater designed only for films released in 70mm. I had seen Star Wars in 70mm in Manhattan five years previously, so I had high expectations. The film I was about to watch was director Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, based on […]

Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos Aim for Mars

By |October 1st, 2016|

“I am tormented by an everlasting itch for things remote.  I love to sail forbidden seas.” – Herman Melville in his novel Moby Dick

This quote was used by Carl Sagan in his immensely successful TV series, Cosmos years ago. More recently, filmmaker Erik Wernquist took specific voice passages by Sagan and very effectively used them […]